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B. Submit an application for an HRSDC arranged employment opinion (AEO)

A positive AEO supports the immigration of a Skilled Worker to Canada and is one factor that CIC considers when reviewing an application for permanent residency. Please note that an HRSDC AEO only supports the person's application for permanent residency, but will not result in CIC issuing a work permit and does not allow the person to work in Canada before receiving his/her permanent residency.

Employers can make a permanent job offer to a Skilled Worker to fill a full-time, permanent position in the company, and bring needed skills to Canada. By doing this, employers can also help Skilled Workers gain permanent residency in Canada.

Please note, however, that Placement Agencies, Temporary Help Agencies and firms of a similar nature which act as an intermediary, referring workers to employers, cannot be considered the employer of record for the purposes of Arranged Employment unless they are establishing an employer/employee relationship with the skilled worker.

The following steps may apply to you if you are interested in:

  1. Offering a permanent, full-time, non-seasonal position in the company to a Skilled Worker; and
  2. Supporting the worker's permanent immigration to Canada.

NOTE: Please be aware that the process below only supports the person's application for permanent residence, but does not allow the person to work in Canada. There is a different process if you plan to employ the person and, at the same time, support their permanent immigration to Canada.

HIRING STEPS:

The employer will make a permanent offer in a skilled occupation to the Skilled Worker and submit an HRSDC for an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO)

  1. The employer will send the application to the Service Canada Centre responsible in the area.
  2. An arranged employment opinion (AEO) is based on these factors:
    • The job offer is permanent;
    • The job offer is genuine;
    • The wages and working conditions offered for the job are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation;
    • The employment is full-time, not seasonal.
  3. HRSDC reviews the application and if appropriate, provides you with an AEO letter of confirmation supporting the job. Please be aware that a positive HRSDC AEO letter only supports the Skilled Worker's application for permanent residency, but does not allow for the person to work in Canada. There is another process if you plan to employ the person and, at the same time, support their permanent immigration to Canada.
  4. The employer sends a copy of the AEO letter to the Skilled Worker applicant.
  5. The employer will tell the person to apply to the appropriate visa office for a Skilled Worker permanent resident visa.
  6. The employer will inform the Skilled Worker to include your written permanent job offer and the AEO letter of confirmation with the permanent resident application, along with other documentation required by CIC. The application is point-rated and these documents improve the Foreign Worker's score and the opportunity to receive a permanent resident visa.
  7. CIC reviews the Skilled Worker permanent residency application and decides whether to:
    • Grant points under the "Arranged Employment" and review all other Skilled Worker criteria;
    • Give the Skilled Worker a permanent resident visa